On Easter Monday Batley Bulldogs, still smarting from the defeat at the hands of Dewsbury on Friday, take on a London Broncos brimming with confidence after they swept away the much fancied Toulouse XIII on the same day.
Batley’s performance against the Rams was very abject to say the least. Dewsbury had lost all 8 championship games in the run up to this match, scoring only 50 points in the process. This all counted for nothing though as a nearly motivated team, coached for the first time by Neil Kelly after the departure of Glenn Morrison were obviously up for the encounter, where Batley obviously were not.
On Monday the Bulldogs will have to pull off a mercurian effort against the fulltimers from Ealing if they are to win over their fans and get the season back on track. After 10 games the tactics of Matt Diskin should be starting to bear fruit, but unfortunately the team does not yet give the impression of being settled.
No team list been released yet, but a return to the fray of Dom Brambani seems a must, his direction was badly missed on friday, if we are to stand any chance at all.
Monday will be the defining match of the season and will point to what we can expect for the remainder of the year. Unfortunately anything but a defeat seems very optimistic. I will go for London by 18.